No doubt with the frigid temperatures we are experiencing you are giving your furnace a workout this week. There are many ideas floating around about how to best save energy. Bruce Snead, our director of engineering extension at Kansas State University shared some tips in a recent article that I will pass along today.
For four years, I have proudly served on the Executive Board of K-State Research and Extension in and for Barton County. Until I became involved in this capacity, I was naïve and really had no idea how many people, young and not so young, were reached by the programming shared by our local Agents. I honestly had never given it a thought Of course, I had heard of 4-H as have most. I believed it was just for farm kids with calves and goats. Was I ever misinformed!
"Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo" is the theme for the December 4-H Afterschool program. This will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14 and 21 from 3:30- 5 p.m. at the Barton County Extension Office meeting room. To sign up for one or both days, please call 793-1910 by noon on Wednesday the 14th. The suggested age is 6-12 years old. We also need some 4-H junior leaders to come help with the program!
The USS Tarawa Veterans Association is looking for mates and announce their 23rd annual reunion on April 19-22 in Nashville Tenn. For membership and reunion information contact Ken Underdown, 31 Islet Road, Levittown, Pa. 19057, 215-547-0245 or Walter Tothero, 106 N. Tranquil Trail, Crawfordsville, In. 47933, 765-362-69378, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Army Reserve Sgt. David M. Pfiester recently graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
We have entered the period of the year when spreads of rich holiday foods seem to appear at every social gathering – frosted cookies at the office, eggnog at your neighbor's, or chocolates in your Christmas stocking. All these extras add up, and if you are like most Americans, you will put on a pound or two by New Year's Day.
The "Holiday Open House" on Nov. 17 was a big success. Close to 60 RSVP volunteers braved the windy weather to enjoy special refreshments and door prizes. I want to personally thank all of the following for the generous donations that made our event so special: Great Bend Regional Hospital-cookies; Angels Care Home Health-punch, nuts and paper goods; Yvonne Strecker-cream puffs; Esther Thul-cookies; Deon Lupton-home-made peanut clusters; Kansasland Tires-free oil change; Montana Mikes-$40 gift certificate; Pizza Hut-4 free lunch buffets; Jennifer's Hallmark-large gift basket of Christmas ornaments; Everything under the ...
The holidays are about Advent calendars and the count-down to Christmas eve. For parents with college students, here is a more relevant number – 12. That's how many days are left until college boy returns from the last day of finals. And for those who don't know this drill, prepare to be enlightened.
It's that time of year! Have you started your shopping? Does holiday gift giving really need to include "shopping"? When asked, family and friends often report that holiday foods or other activities, rather than purchased gifts, can make for a happy holiday.
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are spending time enjoying the family gatherings that surround the holidays. If you have not started your holiday shopping, remember that time, instead of expensive gifts, may be exactly what your family needs this year. Create your own traditions that exemplify your values. Time spent playing board or card games together; going to a movie or enjoying a sin-a-long can help define the holidays in a way that is meaningful to you.
Jack Willenberg, MSGT, retired from the Kansas Air National Guard on Nov. 5 after 20 years of service. The ceremony was held at McConnell Air Force base in Wichita. With family and friends with him, he was honored with several service awards.
by S.L. Standifird
There are still appointments available with trained volunteers to review your Medicare Part D options for 2012. Even if you are satisfied with your current plan, it's a good idea to make certain that it's still the best plan for you in 2012. The only way to be sure is to enter your prescription drugs into a program on the Medicare website designed to sort through all the plans to find the most cost-effective plan for your particular drugs. If you need help, please call 792-1614 for an appointment.
Instead of the purple that is usually associated with K-State Research and Extension, we have decided to "Go Green with Extension." Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Nov. 8, and drop by the Barton County Extension Office, 1800 12th Street, to vote and to learn something new.
The past week has been a busy one. Fall Extension programs are in full swing. In between those busy days I have found some time to get acquainted with the newest member of the family. Camdyn Mae Baker, was born Thursday, Oct. 20, and weighed a healthy 8 lbs. 9 oz. Her parents, Art and Kristen, plus all of her aunts, uncles, grandparents and great grandma have gotten to bond with her. Big sister, Calyn, is totally excited about her new role, and at 3 ½, can really be a big helper.
As the final days of National Nutrition Month pass us by I want to give you some good reasons to choose to eat healthier. Whenever I present educational materials that promote health and wellness I start by asking participants if they think what they choose to eat affects their overall health? Nearly everyone thinks it matters, yet the reasons they give for not eating healthy abound. The USDA developed thirty-seven one page fact sheets as part of the 10 tips nutrition education series. Titles range from: "Kid-Friendly Veggies and Fruits," "Make better beverage choices," "Salt and Sodium," to "Eating Better ...
Funerals, happily, remain very much as they have through the years.
Over the weekend, my seven year old granddaughter, Calyn, excitedly told me, "Grandma, I'm going to join the Walking School Bus when it starts April 1st." "That's wonderful," I replied. It truly is wonderful to see two communities in Barton County, (both Great Bend and Hoisington) adopting this successful program and modeling it to other communities.
Any divorced guy will tell you -- never ever insult the tulips.
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